Conflict Resolution Through Transformative Mediation
in Fairfield County
In this type of mediation, mediators must be comfortable with negative emotions, even when directed at them. This allows the transformative mediator to help the parties move past negative energy and encourage an empowering and understanding attitude where a resolution is possible.
With years of experience successfully guiding his clients toward successful dispute resolution through ADR techniques, Jay Skelton is the name to know and trust if you are looking for a seasoned mediator in and around Bridgeport, CT.
Transformative mediator Jay Skelton has a vast wealth of knowledge and experience in resolving conflict through ADR. His commitment, devotion, and fairness are responsible for his success in helping 220+ individuals find amicable resolutions to their disputes over the years.
The Role Of A Transformative Mediator
The transformative mediator is a neutral, experienced legal expert that seeks out positive interactions between parties, promoting an examination of past events as a way to recognize each other’s standpoints. Their role is to:
- Explain the concept of mediation and allow the parties to set goals, direct the process and establish ground rules.
- Empower and encourage party communication and decision-making.
- Help facilitate the discussion of all issues that are of importance to each party.
- Understand that strong emotions may be involved in the conflict and that they are an integral part of the process.
- Encourage the expression of the aforementioned emotions if the parties become stuck in negative communication and reach an impasse.
- Entrust most of the problem-solving to the participants (the parties are free to pursue alternative options at any time).
When To Use Transformative Mediation
Transformative mediators deposit their trust in the parties and give them the guidelines to successfully attain the best decisions for their own interests. Moreover, mediators help the parties communicate so they can have an ongoing relationship after the mediation if that is what they choose. The focus of these sessions is not to reach a “settlement at all costs” but, rather, to work with the parties to arrive at a mutually beneficial resolution.
Transformative mediation can work for an ample variety of cases, including but not limited to:
Personal Injury Lawsuits
The goal of transformative mediation is to promote a cordial and comprehensive discussion between those parties, allowing them to reach an agreement that will benefit them without taking their case to a court of law.
The central purpose of these talks is to get both sides to a position where they are receptive to seeing the issue from the other side’s perspective, ultimately leading to a dispute resolution. At SkeltonADR, we work to get both sides to make decisions from a place of empowerment, not from weakness or fear.
The Transformative Mediation Process
- Jay Skelton always starts the transformative mediation discussion by attempting to determine the party’s objectives for the sessions. This includes uncovering any hidden feelings towards the other parties.
- One of the primary jobs of the mediator is to remind the parties of their goal throughout the process or to ask the parties whether their objective has changed.
- The process is thoroughly explained to the parties by the transformative mediator, and the outcome of the mediation is entirely within the hands of the parties; no one is forced into any decision or resolution.
- In many instances, new issues are uncovered during the mediation and must be resolved before an amicable resolution can be achieved.
- As the transformative mediation process takes place, the mediator allows the parties to solve their problems with minimal help. However, they often assist by looking for opportunities for empowerment and/or recognition of one another.
- Despite the best efforts at transformative mediation, certain cases will still end up in court. Nevertheless, a vast majority of claims can be resolved through mediation, allowing the parties to effectively discuss these disputes in the future.
Transformative Mediation Fees
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4 (or more) party
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